Dlawer Ala’Aldeen

Dlawer Ala’Aldeen is President of the Middle East Research Institute (MERI), a policy research institute and think tank based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region (KR) of Iraq. He was formerly Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the Kurdistan Regional Government (2009-2012), and a former Professor of medicine at Nottingham University (UK). He has been engaged in capacity building and nation-building projects in Iraq since 1992 and has published extensively on the political dynamics, governance systems and democratization in Middle East in general and in Iraq and KR in particular.